CLEARWATER, Florida (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — As the trial for Casey Anthony began Tuesday prosecutors presented differing theories on how her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony died – the defense attorney says Caylee drowned in the family pool and that her grandfather covered up the accident.
Prosecutors said for the first time that Caylee died from three pieces of duct tape being placed over her mouth and nose.
Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death. An autopsy was not able to conclude a cause of death for Caylee.
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Caylee Anthony was first reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office by her grandmother, Cynthia “Cindy” Anthony. Caylee had lived with her mother at her grandparents’ home until June 15, 2008. According to Caylee’s grandfather, Casey Antony left the family home on June 15, 2008, around 1 p.m., taking her then almost 3-year-old daughter with her.
Cindy Anthony allegedly asked repeatedly during the month to see Caylee but Casey stated she was too busy or that Caylee was with a nanny at theme parks or the beach. In mid-July 2008, Cindy and George Anthony received a notice that their daughter’s car was in a tow yard. When he picked up the car he made a comment that his granddaughter and daughter could be in the trunk deceased, due to the strong smell in the car. When he opened the trunk all he found was a bag of trash.
Cindy Anthony contacted a roommate of Casey’s and learned she was living with a boyfriend. She was led to the boyfriend’s apartment where she found Casey. Casey told her mother Caylee was with a babysitter and she did not want to disturb them and then stated the sitter had taken Caylee and she hadn’t been able to find them for 31 days. Cindy called and reported Caylee missing.
When questioned by police Casey said Caylee was with a babysitter. The purported babysitter was never seen by any family member, friend, boyfriends, or acquaintances. Detectives found discrepancies in what Casey told law enforcement in her signed statement. Casey claimed she was investigating her daughter’s disappearance on her own which is why, she said, she hadn’t called law enforcement. Click here for timeline.
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